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Midwest Wind & Solar

Midwest Wind & Solar

Let prospetive home buyers see for themselves that solar installations need not detract from the appearanc of a home. The DeSantis home in Milton, Massachusetts, sports an 8.4-kilowatt solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) system manufactured by Evergreen Solar of Marlboro, Massachusetts, and …

February 04, 2013 8:54 am
Midwest Wind & Solar

Midwest Wind & Solar

The 2.04-kilowatt grid-tied solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) system on the Edwards home in Colorado generates clean, carbon-free electricity. Generous utility and government rebates make PV systems affordable for many homeowners and builders in Colorado. Namaste Solar Electric of Boulder,…

February 04, 2013 8:51 am
Valentines are for collecting, cherishing

Valentines are for collecting, cherishing

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue ... Many St. Valentine Day cards start with that phrase. And the cards mean different things to different people.

February 12, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Coins and antiques wanted in Merrillville

Coins and antiques wanted in Merrillville

If you have a few old coins or antiques collecting dust in the attic, the Hilton Garden Inn in Merrillville may be the place to go this week.

January 06, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Jimmy Stewart's car from 'It's a Wonderful Life' sold and now set to help charity

OFFBEAT: Jimmy Stewart's car from 'It's a Wonderful Life' sold and now set to help charity

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 30, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Look who's talking

Look who's talking

Terri Crane repairs and sells vintage Mattel "talker" dolls from the 1960s. She is particularly fond of "Mrs. Beasley" dolls -- she had one, growing up in South Holland -- made famous by TV's "Family Affair" series. A gently used, restored original can fetch $150 while an all-original Mrs. B…

October 23, 2010 12:00 am
Look who's talking

Look who's talking

Some Mattel pull-string "talkers" from Terri Crane's collection bound for the Antique-Collectible Toy & Doll Show on Sunday in St. Charles, Ill. (Clockwise, from top) Captain Kangaroo; Bugs Bunny; Mrs. Beasley; Bozo the Clown; Patootie; Crackers the Parrot; and a pig-tailed Chatty Cathy (center).

October 23, 2010 12:00 am
Look who's talking

Look who's talking

Terri Crane shows the internal workings of a talking doll's voicebox. When the doll's string is pulled, vibrations drop the orange record player arm (with a tiny needle) onto the spinning white disk. The miniature LP then plays pre-recorded tracks.

October 23, 2010 12:00 am
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